South African actress on world best list

first_imgRay Maota Khomotso Manyaka as Chanda and Lerato Mvelase, who plays her mother Lillian. The movie is now available on DVD. (Images: Covering Media) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gauteng Film Commission  +27 11 085 2200 RELATED ARTICLES • SA short films in international festival • SA films scoop awards at Fespaco • SA film wins international award • Cannes triumph for SA filmsThe 15-year-old South African actress Khomotso Manyaka has earned a position on Time Magazine’s list of the 10 best performances of 2011.Manyaka was lauded for her performance as the scrawny, big-eyed Chanda in Life Above All, an adaptation of the Allan Stratton novel, Chanda’s Secrets. The film focuses on the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids.Both novel and film chronicle Chanda’s struggles with her parents’ illness because of HIV/Aids, and the stigma associated with the disease.Manyaka was only 13 when she landed the role, and had never taken professional acting classes before. But her performance has placed her among seasoned actors like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Woody Harrelson, also singled out for last year’s best performances.She said: “I’m very proud of myself: 2011 was a great year.”Director Oliver Schmitz said: “It was a tough call, the commitment to make the film with a first-time actress. It was a leap of faith for me and for her, she having never done it before.”Schmitz was also influenced in the decision by the chemistry between Manyaka and Lerato Mvelase, who plays her mother Lillian in the movie, during casting.The Mpumalanga-born teenager, whose star is rising fast, has earned herself a bursary from the National School of the Arts, along with her co-star and friend Keaobaka Makanyane. Manyaka will be in Grade 10 this year.She said: “There’s nothing lined up this year so far so I’m just concentrating on school now.”Time describes her performance: “Khomotso Manyaka was no Hollywood moppet, just a South African girl who had never acted, when director Oliver Schmitz picked her for the lead role in this starkly poignant drama about a family, a village, and a people devastated by the Aids plague.”The magazine said that Manyaka had played the resilient Chanda with “amazing poise, delicacy and grit”.Life, Above AllThe movie looks at how a young girl manages to touch the lives of her community, and shows how courage and strength can overcome adversity.The journey begins when Chanda’s baby brother dies suddenly and the community of Elandsdoorn in Mpumalanga begins to suspect this is because her mother has HIV. They begin to shun her.As a result, Chanda’s mother leaves the dusty town. This forces her daughter, who senses that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, to leave school and embark on a spiritual journey to find her lost mother and put an end to the situation.The movie is dedicated to children orphaned by the ravaging disease.Schmitz said: “Chanda’s Secret is a very dense novel, there is a lot happening in it. But what really moved me was the mother/daughter relationship for the film version.“There is a very complicated dynamic about a youngster that knows what is going on, but is scared to say it, and a mother who is scared to acknowledge the disease she has.”The unspoken matters that lie between mother and daughter, said Schmitz, inspired him to make the film.Life, Above All, which is now available on DVD, has been well received by its audiences and has turned Manyaka into a star to watch in the future.Multiple accoladesThe recognition of Manyaka’s performance by Time is not the first.Manyaka received the award for best actress at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2011, and also walked away with the honours in the same category at the Durban International Film Festival in 2010.The movie was shortlisted by the Academy Awards Committee in the category of Best Foreign Film in 2011.The icing on the cake came when the film made its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and the appreciative audience gave it a 10-minute standing ovation.Schmitz said: “Walking out of the cinema, I met renowned movie critic Roger Ebert, who, as he is unable to speak, gestured his positive feelings towards the film with two thumbs up.”last_img read more

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Play Your Part fulfills Mandela Day promise to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home

first_imgOn Nelson Mandela Day Brand South Africa committed to donating 150 Abelia Grandiflora plants to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home, and on 14 September 2017, the Play Your Part team made their way to the Home to surprise each child with an Abelia Grandiflora plant.Eight years after the launch of Mandela day, it has gained momentum, with worldwide support from citizens of all races and ages, playing their part. (Image: suplied)Following the Nelson Mandela Day activation on the 18 July 2017, Brand South Africa had committed to donating 150 Abelia Grandiflora plants to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home for the purpose of renovating the garden. Today, 14 September 2017, the Play Your Part team made their way to the Home to surprise each child with an Abelia Grandiflora plant.Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. Eight years later since the launch of Mandela day, it has gained momentum, with worldwide support from citizens of all races and ages, playing their part.Part of the Nelson Mandela Day promise is to remind every citizen that no matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day and that citizens need to make every day a Mandela Day.“Do whatever it is you can, no matter how small even just spending time with the children is enough because it shows them that they are loved”, said Deputy Principal Ms Linah Ramonyai.Deputy Principal Ms Linah Ramonyai said, “We are very happy that the Play Your Part team returned to surprise the children with these plants, we truly appreciate the support and we promise to look after the plants. Our children love gardening and this is an added bonus to their daily activity”.Brand South Africa’s Activation Manager, Ms Rabia Metedad said, “Play Your Part is pleased to be reiterating its objective to continuously play its part on a daily basis. Today’s activation was to remind the little ones that we haven’t forgotten them and we encourage everyone to play their part.”Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world.“Do whatever it is you can, no matter how small even just spending time with the children is enough because it shows them that they are loved”, concludes Ms RamonyaiAnd the children said, “Yeah!!!!!! Thank you, Play Your Part!”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Nelson Makamo takes his art to rural communities

first_imgArtist Nelson Makamo’s subjects have all come from impoverished communities but they have never seen his works. Now, Makamo is looking to take his art to primary schools around the country by painting murals on its walls. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Artists bring beauty to the world. Yet, most people cannot afford or don’t have access to such items. It is for this reason that South Africa’s freshest painter, Nelson Makamo, is taking his work to less privileged communities in South Africa.Makamo is embarking on a countrywide school mural project that will not only bring beauty to impoverished schools, but will also improve facilities. “Before we plan a mural we have to do something else for the school,” said Makamo. “The mural will remind us that we came into a school without a football ground and worked together to build it a football ground.”Makamo is planning to help one rural school in each province. “When you drive around South Africa and look at the schools, there’s nothing with which you can identify a school from a distance. You find the schools are struggling.”Makamo came up with the idea after he realised influential individuals, like himself, have the power to help poor communities. “I was one of those people who used to say the government doesn’t do this, the government doesn’t do that. But in most cases it is targeted to me. As a normal citizen, if I have the ability to do something why don’t I do it.Makamo’s works have been collected by the likes of British singer Annie Lennox and fashion designer Giorgio Armani, but it is the work he wants to take to rural communities that he is most excited about. (Image: Shamin Chibba)“If children go to school barefoot or cold they will not be able to concentrate. So I realised I have to start adopting schools.”Makamo said influential people should help improve the lives of others and set an example by doing so. “The more your profile grows the more you can influence others to be a part of it.”Though there are a few who are interested in financially supporting the project, the artist is looking to fund it from his own pocket where possible.POOR COMMUNITIES CONNECT TO MAKAMO’S ARTMakamo grew up in Modimolle, a small town in Limpopo, and its people have been the inspiration for his art since he started. Most of his work depicts young boys doing ordinary things: playing, laughing, walking, or looking curious or ponderous.He doesn’t boast about wealthy people having his work in their private collections, even though they include British singer Annie Lennox and fashion designer Giorgio Armani. But he speaks enthusiastically about creating art for the communities he relates to.“In any interview that I had, I never proudly said so and so has my work because I think it’s unfair to those who would truly connect with the work beyond the price tag. You may find that the work is not even hanging in their house that it’s in storage. Every now and then I try to see if I can make it possible for the ordinary person to view my work.”ACCESS TO MAKAMO’S WORKMakamo’s studio manager, Matsela Moshokoa, said the mural project will give poorer communities an opportunity to view his work.“Nelson wants to take his art back to the community where he grew up in, the community that he paints, because those are the faces of his community. And the perfect place to go to is primary schools because those are the places where you learn to have dreams.“It will highlight the plight of our primary schools. Especially in rural areas.”Besides beautifying schools, the murals will provide a space where learners can play and have their lunch, said Moshokoa.Children will relate to it because it is created by an artist who is one of them. “It’s from a person that once looked like them, that comes from the same background, and they can see themselves in him as much as he can see himself in the kids.”PLAY YOUR PARTHave you or anyone you know done anything to uplift your community? If so, share your story with us.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

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Concentrate On One Thing

first_imgThere are so many distractions now that it’s very difficult to give anything your full, undivided attention. No matter how good your intentions, the potential distractions can be overwhelming.You never remove your smartphone from your hand for any period. If it isn’t in your hand, it’s sitting on your desk next to you, your car seat, or your bedside table. Your laptop is always open, and if you’re like most people, the browser is always open. And if your computer is on with the browser open, chances are your email is open, and so are a few social sites.Doing good work requires that you concentrate. Whatever you’re doing, do that and nothing else.EmailIf you are processing your email, process your email.I don’t process my email in the morning until I have done the most important tasks I need to complete. On Mondays and Tuesdays I let a lot of email sit unread while I am doing higher value activities, screening it on my iPhone to delete nonsense and trivialities and responding to anything that is important. But most people can’t wait to get into their email box first thing in the morning (for reasons I don’t understand unless your email is somehow way different than mine).If you are going to process your email, go ahead and do it completely. Respond to every email that requires a response. Delete all of the emails you don’t need to keep. And archive anything that needs to be archived. Move all of the tasks out and put them on your task manager so you can do them later.Make email your focus and give it all of your attention. Don’t do anything else while you’re doing it.Social MediaIf you are Tweeting or using some other social platform, do that.If you are going to go browse through the stream on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, stop everything and do it. Like whatever you are going to like, retweet whatever you are going to retweet. Update your status with something pithy and original, and hang around a few minutes to reap the rewards that come in the form of likes if you need to.Give the social channels your full attention. And don’t do anything else while you are doing it. It won’t help you produce the results you want, and it won’t get you paid, but if you are going to spend your time on social, dive in so you can finish it.CallsIf you are making calls, make them.If you are going to make your calls, close the browser, turn off the social channels and give yourself over to the phone. Your efficiency will improve, and so will your effectiveness.Maybe making calls isn’t your work. Whatever your real work is, do that work. If you need to write, write. If you need to create a spreadsheet and analyze numbers, make the spreadsheet and do your work. If you need to complete a report, develop a strategy brief, or whatever it is you do, do that and nothing else.Human Interactions!If you are engaging with another human being, be engaged.When you are with a human being, be completely with them. Put your smartphone down or turn off your notifications (My phone has a do not disturb function. Yours probably does, too). Close the browser, and then close the laptop lid.Give that person your full, undivided attention without checking your phone, your social stream, or your email. There is nothing in any of these virtual places that won’t still be there when you get back. Human interactions are where the real action is.If you are honest with yourself, I’ll bet you’re a little bored with the social streams, and a little burned out from trying to keep up with all of the pings, dings, and notifications you receive. The truth of the matter is, it’s keeping you from doing good work, and it isn’t helping your real relationships either.Doing exceptionally great work requires concentration. You can’t produce that quality if you are distracted and dividing your attention across your phone, your laptop, and your real work. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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9 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to me

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to meby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says Isco’s future isn’t up to him.The player has found himself out of favour of late, and didn’t make the pitch at all against Real Betis on Sunday, and as a result talk of a move to Italy have surfaced.”We have a wonderful squad and I have to choose who gets involved in each game,” Solari said in his pre-match press conference.”It is not up to me to explain the transfer policy, I am just the coach.” last_img read more

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BC Hydro tells Site C dam protesters to move it along or

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s being billed as another David versus Goliath battle for the environment.A small group of First Nations people in northern British Columbia hope to put a halt to a hydro mega project they say will have a huge impact on their way of life.Now the builders of the dam seems to be trying to crack down on the protests.APTN’s Tina House reports.last_img

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Book believes that Manchester City are the best

first_imgTony Book was a part of a very successful Manchester City team back in 1970 but he believes that the current squad can achieve even more and win many collective and individual trophies.The Manchester City legend believes that the team has got “the best squad and the best manager in Europe” at the moment and it is just a question of time when they are going to win the Champions League.Book spoke about the qualities of the current team as he said, according to Goal:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The one thing my team achieved that this current team must have is a success in Europe and I think it’s only a matter of time before Pep delivers another European trophy.”“It’s going to be a tough two games against Liverpool, but I think City will go through because I look at the strength of both teams and I have absolutely no doubt that Pep has the best squad.”“In fact, I’d go as far as to say that City now have the best squad and the best manager in Europe. I think that they have even more quality in depth than both Barcelona and Real Madrid. I feel that City can go anywhere and win.”last_img read more

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